Eleanor Mae Gardner, age 94, passed away at her home in Monroe, Washington on November 23, 2012. She was born to Gold E. and Thelma W. (Armstrong) Beall in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 7, 1918.
Eleanor was the oldest of five children. She graduated from Shortridge High School and attended Purdue University. On April 17, 1939, she married Joe D. Gardner of Monticello, Indiana. Together they had five children. Eleanor and Joe lived in many cities, finally settling in Seattle. She was a member of Eastern Star and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She volunteered for several non-profit organizations.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Gold E. Beall, Jr. and two sisters, Carolyn Van Arsdel and Retta Sexson. She is survived by her children, Thomas (Phyllis) Gardner, Jack Gardner, Robert (Jan) Gardner, Jo Ann Gardner, Patricia (Mike) Hayden; a brother, Fred (Nancy) Beall; nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Eleanor was buried beside her husband in Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville, Washington.
Donations may be made in Eleanor’s name to a charity of choice. Family and friends may sign an online registry or leave notes at www.burleyfuneralchapel.com .